Treatment of Shaken Baby Syndrome

Immediate medical attention can help reduce the impact of shaking, but many children are left with permanent damage from the shaking.  Approximately 25% of shaken babies die from their injuries.  The remaining victims exhibit a variety of disabilities, including partial or complete loss of vision, hearing impairments, seizure disorders, cerebral palsy, sucking and swallowing disorders, developmental disabilities, autism, cognitive impairments, behavior problems and permanent vegetative state.  The treatment of survivors falls into three major categories: medical, behavioral and educational. In addition to medical care, children may need speech and language therapy, vision therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy and special education services. Some may need the assistance of feeding experts and behavioral consultants.